Tasty Tuesday: Classic Pound Cake

Some recipes are so simple and so classic that they just sort of stand alone as fabulous food. This pound cake is one of those recipes. A lady from my church, Robyn, brings this pound cake to every potluck and it vanishes in the twinkling of an eye. Everyone EXPECTS Robyn to bring this pound cake.

When I asked Robyn for the recipe for this pound cake, I warned her that other folks might start making her signature dessert and bring it to potlucks. She assured me that she would LOVE it if several pound cakes showed up at a potluck because then there was a tiny chance she’d be able to take some leftovers of her own cake back home at the end of the meal!

Major disclaimer: in no way can you justify this pound cake as being healthy. It’s too full of butter and eggs and cream cheese to even try. On the bright side, I’m sure it’s still healthier than something store-bought that is chock-full of chemicals, additives, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated fats. Every ingredient in this wonderful recipe is simple and straightforward.

Classic Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 3/4 c. sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 c. Cake flour
  • 1 t. vanilla extract

Most recipes I make aren’t affected by the order in which the ingredients are added, but cakes really need to be done in the correct order to achieve cake perfection.

So….start by greasing and flouring two small loaf pans or one large tube pan. (You can use either a bundt pan or a spring-form pan for this.) Preheat the oven to 300°F. Let all the ingredients come up to room temperature.

Cream together the butter and cream cheese.

Add sugar and eggs and blend them all well.

Slowly add the cake flour (I use Swansdown Cake Flour for best results.) Beat well until the batter forms peaks. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Bake at 300°F for 90 minutes.

This cake comes with a list of DON’TS:

  • DON’T turn down the heat while the cake is baking.
  • DON’T open the oven door.
  • DON’T beat the eggs too much.
  • DON’T use large or extra-large eggs.
  • DON’T melt butter or cream cheese first.

Let the cake cool completely before serving.

You’ll want to cut thin slices of this VERY rich cake. As with most pound cakes, it is nicely complemented by any kind of fresh berries in a sauce OR it stands alone.

The rich, buttery flavor of this cake is just amazing. Normally, I prefer that my dessert wear chocolate, but this cake stands by itself.

Barb Kelley 

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Comments

  1. Can’t wait to try this! I’ve never been very good at desserts, but I keep trying!

  2. I am usually a pretty terrible baker. This looks like a *may* be able to successfully execute without creating another brick-like door stop.

  3. i have tried the recipe 2x and it looks perfect and the texture is pefect. i just cant seem to get it to taste good…very hard to flavor, or is it just me..

  4. ok i got it perfect now….what a great cake, just need a litle more vanilla